Anthony Trendacosta Elected, Sworn As Superior Court Commissioner
...Trendacosta, a court referee since 1998, was sworn in Friday afternoon by Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Michael Nash.
...Trendacosta, 54, defeated retired Commissioner John Murphy in a runoff for the seat vacated by newly elected Judge Donna Groman.
...Trendacosta is a graduate of California State University-Northridge and the University of LaVerne College of Law.He was admitted to practice in 1975, spending 11 years at the litigation firm of Rose, Klein & Marias. He then worked for three years as a contract attorney for Los Angeles County in juvenile dependency court before taking the position of general counsel of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board.He joined the Superior Court as an as-needed referee in September 1998 and has worked in juvenile court full-time since July 1999.He
will remain at the Edelman Children's Court in Monterey Park for the foreseeable future, an assignment that makes him "very happy," he
told the MetNews
explained that he
enjoyed working in dependency court for the county but as a contract position, "the job sort of dead-ended," leading him to apply for the Santa Monica position.Working for the rent board on "cutting edge" litigation appealed to him, and his nine-year tenure was the longest of any general counsel, he commented. His
interest drifted back to juvenile court when he
saw an ad soliciting applications to serve as as-needed referee about the time that the state Ellis Act "eviscerated" rent control, Trendacosta
explained. He was nominated for commissioner by the court's evaluation panel in 2001, but was not among those elected before the new list was established last year.
was ranked No. 1 on the candidate list, based on evaluations by a panel of judges.